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Kingfisher on the River Rhee


Originally posted on Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole:
? ? Kingfisher on the Rhee A year or so ago I caught a glimpse of a kingfisher perched on midstream log in the River Rhee ( River Cam…

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No it didn’t!!!!!!!!


Monday morning- bright skies: good hay-making weather. First we had to let the night’s dew dry off from the hay and then, after a few hours, Jim tedded it so that the rest of the hay would dry and be … Continue reading

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MEADOWS, BUMBLE BEES, BUTTERFLIES and OTHER FRIENDS


BAGS OF BUMBLE BEES Just look at the flowers in the field margins and in the meadows, thistles, birds foot trefoil, knapweed, ox eyed daisies, just to mention the ones that are very common and immediaely ‘hit both you and … Continue reading

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And a trip overseas!


Weather still the same: changeable with rain showers and bright spells.  A visit to the Orwell church glebe field during the weekend produced some lovely landscape photos overlooking the Rhea valley and back towards Rectory Farm and the woodlands on … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday weekend! Not a time I like …..


Bank Holiday weekend! Not a time I like to go away as everyone else has…. and in any case, I had to make sure the Woodcraft Folk had settled in on Saturday, the fresh water supply was working and that … Continue reading

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A catch up on the jobs done before the Bodgewrs Ball


With organising of the Bodgers ball and looking after my Norfolk sheep I neglectfully forgot to do a blog about the work the forestry team did while I was away. Most tasks were just finishing off like the fence in … Continue reading

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The Bygone Bodgers’ Ball II


The spit roast went down well; it was all hands to the BBQ to get everything cooked and served, especially after the AGM. Three lambs went onto the spits and all three were eaten, just enough to satisfy most of … Continue reading

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Warmer…. just!


Sunny weather but still a cold wind : but hey! who’s complaining? Seeing the sun is magic. Tuesday was a day for those annoying ‘just-a-jobs’ including catching those pesky grey squirrels. Wednesday we started cutting the snowberry bushes so that … Continue reading

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Easter and maybe, just maybe, the icy claw of winter is losing its grip


From winter’s grip just before the Easter weekend to a very balmy few days working with my Norfolk Horn sheep over the Easter weekend. Well, Easter started a bit wet, but that annoyingly cold north wind soon dried the ground … Continue reading

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Still Very Cold But ! Posted on April 3, 2013by grada01 I’ve seen a few Buff tailed Bumble Bees on the odd sunny day, however today was warm in the sun and three came out in the garden to feed on the Hellibores. … Continue reading

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Arctic weather, but the blossom is coming out. . .


Oh! it’s still here, all that white stuff. Nothing for the livestock to eat. When will Spring come? The blackthorn flowers had started to bloom two weeks ago but now they are lying dormant: half-open, half-closed. The wild honey bees … Continue reading

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March 22nd and now it’s Spring … or is it Winter again?!


Spring had finally come: alder & hazel catkins hung from branches and pussy willow was budding, even the blackthorn flowers were starting to emerge. The wildlife was also behaving as if winter had finally slipped away: hares were gathering and chasing … Continue reading

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Spring, NOT !


Well, one might have been forgiven for thinking that the last two weeks had heralded spring – warmer temperatures, brighter days and the emergence of catkins & pussy willow buds for the honey bees to feed on. Unfortunately that was … Continue reading

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What happened to last week’s work?


Well last week was more about tidying up jobs, like the hedge planting that we did before Christmas. We had to stop because the land had got so wet that when we heeled the plants in, it just turned into … Continue reading

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Cambridge Road Farm tree planting


Monday was wet, nothing unusual there! We were working on the Cambridge Road Farm, planting young trees. As you can see, the ground was fairly saturated, so the most suitable trees for this area were the black poplar which, in … Continue reading

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